Epworth business venture a family affair

Cousins Bev Duce, 50, and Ellen Jackson, 57, have opened JD's Cafe at Fountains Court, Epworth.  Picture: Liz Mockler E1736LM
Cousins Bev Duce, 50, and Ellen Jackson, 57, have opened JD's Cafe at Fountains Court, Epworth. Picture: Liz Mockler E1736LM

Two cousins are cooking up a storm after taking on a prime town centre shop which had stood empty for several months.

Ellen Jackson and Bev Duce decided to open up JDs Cafe in Fountain Court, Epworth, after years of dreaming of setting up their own business.

The couple have set up shop in the former premises of Hatty’s Tearoom.

“We are serving good, old fashioned English food – lots of homemade puddings, such as jam sponge and custard, and great all-day breakfasts,” said Ellen, 57.

For Ellen, years of cooking for her own family has made her confident enough to set up her own business.

Meanwhile Bev, 50, who lives in Epworth, has 12 years professional cooking experience.

The pair had privately thought about their own business for years – but did not actually tell each other until quite recently.

”It was just something we decided to do,” said Ellen, who lives in Wroot.

“We had each thought about setting up on our own but had never actually told each other that it was something we wanted to do.

“Then one day I just said to Bev, that I would like to be my own boss and she said it had also wanted to work for herself for a long time too. So that was it, we just went for it.”

The pair opened the cafe last month and said so far business had been ‘brisk’.

People of all ages are welcome, the pair said.

“We have had people coming in every day since we opened and we are seeing some of the same faces again,” said Ellen.

“It might be too soon to say we have got ‘regulars’ but we are definitely getting repeat visitors.”Business partners Kerry Lee and Cyndi Hurst left the quaint Fountain Court last year and relocated to the former Jonathan David Chocolatier/Patisserie unit in the High Street.

The pair made the move because they were having to turn customers away, such was the demand for their home made fare. JDs Cafe is open from 8am to 3pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 12noon on Sundays.